Do Weak Managers Prefer One-Time Bonuses?

RJ Morris Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Good HR, in the news, Performance, RJ Morris

It’s hard for me to talk about bonuses without thinking of Clark Griswold getting a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club in Christmas Vacation. As Eddie said, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year.” Bonuses have gone through an evolution. Company-wide, “thanks for being here” Christmas bonuses were the standard when my parents …

Trivia Crack for the Enterprise

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Culture, Games, HR, Performance, Steve Boese

According to reports, the mobile game Trivia Crack is currently the most downloaded app in the world. Since its debut, this app has racked up more than 125 million downloads worldwide. It has also managed to reach the No. 1 spot on the overall app download chart in important countries like the United States and Canada. Trivia Crack pits players …

Good to Great: Thinking About Employee Development Plans for Your Team…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Labor, Leadership, Learning and Development, Performance, T+D

You expect me to give it to you straight, right?  Of course you do. The biggest lie that HR ever told the world is that it’s important to treat people equally.  That’s important to the people who manage risk, but not to the people who are responsible for organizational results and performance. You know the reality.  20% of your employees …

Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to …

The Performance Enhancing Podcast E1: Goal Setting [PODCAST]

Cara Lucas Cara Lucas, Driving Productivity, Hiring Managers, HR, Organizational Development, Performance, Podcast

FOT Note – Welcome to “The Performance Enhancing Podcast,” a new monthly podcast series we’re kicking off in conjunction with the good folks at Halogen Software. All we talk about on this podcast are topics related to performance management in your company. Nothing else! Today on the first edition of the Performance Enhancing Podcast, host Kris Dunn talks with Ashley White, Director of HR at APQC (American …

POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME: Setting Developmental Goals

Chelsea Rowe Chelsea Rowe, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Hiring Managers, Learning and Development, Millenial Voice, Organizational Development, Performance, T+D, Talent Management Power Rankings

To get everything done in the next year, you’re going to need your people to perform at a high level. You also know that the people who report to you have some developmental needs (fancy HR speak for they’re not as good as you need them to be). For you to accomplish everything you (and your bosses) want, you’re going to have to …

Why the Tony Robbins “You Can Be Great” Employee Goal-Setting Approach is BS

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kris Dunn, Labor, Leadership, Performance, T+D, Talent Strategy, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

FOT Note: This Rant is brought to you by the good folks at Halogen Software, who like us enough to be an annual sponsor at FOT for all content in our performance management track (and don’t expect that we run any of this by them ahead of time). They’re also up for having fun to the extent that they’re sponsoring a …

Being Smart Isn’t a Job Description

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

It’s the Friday before a holiday and you don’t really want to read another tome on employee engagement, do you? You want something light, fluffy, yet tasty and worth the effort. Let’s see if I can serve that up for you. Wicked Smaht We love smart people. We love to listen to them. We love to sit with them and …

Stop Teaching People How to Give Feedback

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Culture, Guest: Ben Olds, Performance

Want a feedback culture? Join the club. But how does HR help create this? Most organizations start by teaching managers how to give feedback effectively. The logic follows that if they have the skill, then they’ll go around giving all sorts of helpful feedback to readily receptive employees who will use it to improve and pay it forward in a …

Smoke ’em If You Got ’em! An Elected Official’s Run-In With HR.

Jason Pankow Employee Relations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Pop Culture

There’s a story kicking around my hood that I thought FOT readers might enjoy. You may have heard, during the 2012 election, the educated/enlightened/hipster voters of the great state of Washington, together with our progressive friends in Colorado, decided to de-criminalize marijuana. The feeling is that it’s not as harmful as other things we put in our bodies (tobacco, alcohol, …